Commercial Fire Alarm Systems


26 Jul Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

Fire alarm systems can be something that now many people have knowledge of. This blog is to help all of those who have recently installed and became responsible for fire alarm testing in their property. 

Why is fire alarm testing so important?

It is a requirement that fire alarms are tested on a regular basis to ensure the safety of all those that enter the building. This test should be carried out on a weekly basis with a strict process so that any changes that may find problems are spotted early and can be repaired. 

The different types of commercial fire alarms

There are 4 types of commercial fire alarm systems. These consist of:

  • Conventional 
  • Wireless
  • Addressable 
  • Analogue addressable 

Each system can be fitted based on what is best for your premises. All the systems work in the same way of detecting smoke and sending a fire alarm signal off, however looking into which one fits best for you can help to make the process generally easier. If you’re unsure which one this is, a fully qualified operative can carry out a fire risk assessment.

How often should I test the fire alarms?

By law in the UK fire alarms should be tested weekly. This involves appointing a responsible person that takes charge of this activity. All staff must be made aware in advance of when the test is going to take place and the alarm must be heard clearly in all sections of the building. A fire safety log book should be kept with all faults and tests recorded.

What happens if there are false alarms?

False alarms can cause unnecessary panic and waste emergency services time that could be vital elsewhere. I’m order to reduce the number of false alarms here are some tips:

  • Ensure you have the correct system for your building
  • Keep the fire alarm in its best condition through regular maintenance
  • Ensure that when false alarms are signalled emergency services are aware it is not a real fire.


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